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Capturing the Universe
A Photographer’s Guide to Deep-Sky Imaging

ISBN 9780367366537
Published July 10, 2020 by Focal Press
240 Pages 150 Color & 150 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a thorough introduction to and exploration of deep sky astrophotography for the digital photographer.

With over 280 images, graphs, and tables, this introductory book uses a progressive and practical style to teach readers how to image the night sky using existing, affordable equipment. The book opens with a brief astronomy primer, followed by chapters that build progressively to explain the challenges, offer solutions, and provide invaluable information on equipment choice through image capture, calibration, and processing in affordable software. The book’s focus ranges from how to image sweeping vistas and star trails using only a camera body, lens and tripod, to more advanced methods suitable for imaging galaxies, clusters, nebulae, and stars.

Other features of the book include:

  • Real-world assignments showing how and when to use certain tools and how to overcome challenges and setbacks 
  • Practical construction projects
  • Evaluations of the most recent developments in affordable hardware and software
  • Exploration on how sensor performance and light pollution relate to image quality and exposure planning
  • Ground-breaking practical chapters on lucky imaging and choosing and using the latest CMOS cameras

Written in an accessible, easy to follow format, this comprehensive guide equips readers with all the necessary skills to progress from photographer to astrophotographer.

Table of Contents

1. New Horizons 2. Landscape Astrophotography 3. Wide-Field Deep-Sky Imaging 4. Deep-Sky Imaging 5. Extended Deep-Sky Imaging

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Chris Woodhouse was born in England. As a member of the Royal Photographic Society, he gained his Associate distinction in 2002. During the last twenty-five years, his passion for all forms of photography, coupled with a career of design experience, led him to invent and patent several unique darkroom timers and meters, which are sold throughout the world. After the success of his first book Way Beyond Monochrome, he turned his attention to digital monochrome and astrophotography. Since writing two editions of The Astrophotography Manual, he gained fellowship to the Royal Astronomical Society on account of his outreach work.